Arcis Golf raises $132,000 for “Els for Autism Foundation”

Chris Crocker, CMO, Arcis Golf; Ernie Els; and Blake Walker, Founder and CEO, Arcis Golf, present a check for $132,000 to Ernie Els for the "Els for Autism Foundation."

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – Arcis Golf – the second largest and fastest-growing owner and operator of private, resort, and daily-fee clubs in the United States – recently concluded its annual “Round Up For Els for Autism” campaign, raising $132,000 for the Els for Autism Foundation Founded by professional golfer and World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els and his wife Liezl Els, the Foundation is a resource for delivering and facilitating programs for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The company’s clubs and courses around the country raised funds by encouraging members and customers to “round up” purchases of merchandise, food and beverage, or golf to the nearest dollar as a donation to the charity. Additionally, many clubs held special events and tournaments to support the “Round Up” campaign.

“We are committed to promoting and shedding light on the tremendous work of the Els for Autism Foundation,” said Blake Walker, founder and CEO of Arcis Golf. “Thanks to the generosity of staff, members, and guests at all our clubs, we are supporting programs that create a better future for people with autism spectrum disorder.”

Two Arcis Golf clubs – Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas and Signature of Solon Country Club in Cleveland – each raised more than $15,000, which earned their teams a trip to the Bahamas in October to participate in the Els for Autism Golf Challenge Grand Finale at Albany Golf Course, which was designed by Els. Another Arcis Golf course, The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, outside of Seattle, hosted an Els for Autism Golf Challenge regional event that raised an additional $120,000.

“Our partnership with Arcis Golf is truly exemplary and continues to grow each and every year. They are such wonderful advocates for our Foundation and the funds raised will help us further our mission and services,” said Els. “The simple action of rounding up is a creative way to generate both awareness and funds that are dedicated to autism research and programs.”

Arcis Golf has a corporate culture of giving and social responsibility, with the “Round Up” initiative just one of several ways the company supports local, regional, and national causes. This is the third year of Arcis Golf’s partnership with Ernie, Liezl, and Els for Autism, which has created and launched innovative, evidence-based programs for families and individuals from childhood into independent adult living rewarding lives.

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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